Archives for the month of: April, 2011

A well-chosen phrase, quote or saying  can be worth a thousand pictures when applied to your walls.

Vinyl lettering is also a great way to personalize and decorate your child’s walls.

Vinyl letters will stick on to any dirt free, flat, non porous surface.

Planet Wall found at Etsy, offers many options in both vinyl lettering for your walls as well as images.

Can you really have your Royal Wedding Cake and eat it too?

Did you know? At 29, Kate Middleton will be the oldest royal bride in history. That is to say, the oldest royal bride who wasn’t a divorcee. Eleanor of Aquitaine was believed to be 30 when she divorced King of the Franks Louis VII and married future king Henry II in 1152 (her exact birth date is a matter of some mystery), and the Duchess of Cornwall (Camilla) was 57 when he became the Prince of Wales’ (Prince Charles)second wife in 2005. But typically, first-time royal brides tended to be in their teens except for Princess Diana, who was  20 when she married Prince Charles.   Who was the youngest bride? Errr…..it was Isabella of Valois, who was just six when she married the widowed Richard II in 1396.

If you are lucky enough to ever be an American invited to a royal wedding you would not be required to bow to the Queen, since you are not royal subject. (remember your late 18th century history). However, nodding slightly at the neck (for men) and bending slightly at the knees (the curtsey, for women) is considered a “gracious” thing to do.

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After all is said and done,  you can just go live in your own castle or at least pretend play live in it.

Tea for Two! Quite timely royal looking tea bags wouldn’t you say?

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Take afternoon tea at your house with this   sweet pink pretend wooden tea set including: the cup & saucers, spoons, tea bags, and sugar cubes.

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This castle provides hours of royal daytime fun! Then at nightfall her little highness will find peaceful slumber atop in her comfortable castle bed chamber. Once built of stone, but now the castle is crafted of solid birch painted a pure white.

And…for your little prince, his very own castle bed.

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It’s A Sign…… that you are raising a future princess.

Update her Royal wardrobe with this pretty pink ensemble.

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Know Your British Slang by Marianne Garvey

Dickie Bow: William will be rocking one of these at the wedding, which is what the English call a tuxedo bow-tie, like here. (They make wordplay so much more fun, don’t they?)

Knees-Up: After the party, there’s the afterparty—and this is where these traditionally reserved folk will maybe, actually, boogie on the dance floor! So if this classy affair turns into a full-fledged drunken bash with all-night dancing, Wills and Kate can say everyone got knees-up at the reception.

Life ‘n’ Strife: Ah, the familiar old “ball and chain,” as we’d say in America. The wife, the old lady, the other half. The one who won’t let you stay for one more pint with the boys at the local pub and who makes sure your dickie bow is on straight. “Got to get back around nine for the old life ‘n’ strife” would be a pretty familiar  phrase round these parts.

Bobbies: You know, cops, police. These guys are subdued here—they don’t carry guns and they’re often extremely polite. For those of you who’ve never uttered the phrase, a bunch of bobbies will be lining the streets outside Westminster Abbey when the duo tie the knot.

Pissing Out: Let’s just hope it doesn’t completely piss out as Kate takes the slow route in her horse-drawn carriage from Buckingham Palace to the Abbey Friday morning. The temps here this week has been wonderful, so it would really put a damper on things. As we all know, the weather in London can be rubbish.

Knackered: Washed up, tired, exhausted, spent. What the couple will be feeling the morning after all this planning, dancing, pressure, dress talk, vow swapping and attention.

Morning Coat: No tuxedo here. This fancy, tightly tailored piece is shorter in the front, with a longer tail out back. It’s very smart, as they say here, and the male guests will be rocking the finest these English tailors can make. Here’s Prince William in one.

English Wedding Walk: In small villages in the U.K., the commoner-type bride will stroll to the church where she’ll marry. It’s a great tradition, and often her father will walk with her.

And finally…

Bob’s Your Uncle: Although we can’t picture the bride and groom slinging slang at their über-formal wedding, perhaps one of them will utter this phrase on the honeymoon. Equivalent to “it’s all good,” “no worries” or even “cool.”

Factoid: The average American household spends $55 on toilet paper annually.

Factoid: According to various studies, the average person spends 3 years on the toilet over the course of a lifetime!

Factoid:According to Charmin customers, the number of days a standard roll of bath tissue usually lasts in the most-used bathrooms in the house is five.

Factoid: The pentagon uses, on average, about 666 rolls of toilet paper every day.

Here’s the Poop: The Pros the cons from Good Housekeeping.

One-ply Cottonelle Aloe & E (56 cents per 260-sheet roll*)Designed to be gentle, this plush, strong one-ply tissue has a lotion-like coating, which some found soothing.We found it slower to dissolve than others. Not everyone likes a lotiony feel.

Scott 1000 (67 cents per 1,000-sheet roll*)Though one-ply, it delivers surprising strength when wet, yet dissolves quickly and easily.While it has thicker sheets than some two-plies, it’s less absorbent.

Two-Ply Charmin Ultra Soft (63 cents per 176-sheet roll*)Our consumer testers agreed with its name, rating this absorbent, strong two-ply among the test’s softest.It may not be your first choice if you have fussy plumbing: We found it didn’t break down as quickly as others.

Target Up & Up (52 cents per 286-sheet roll*)Target’s two-ply is super soft and very quick-dissolving, with good absorbency.If you prefer a plumper paper, look elsewhere; though two-ply, it’s thinner than most.

Seventh Generation (67 cents per 300-sheet roll*)This 100-percent-recycled two-ply tissue impressed us with how speedily it dissolved.It scored low marks from testers for softness, and wasn’t the most absorbent.

Scott Naturals (70 cents per 440-sheet roll*)Made of 40 percent recycled fibers, this two-ply tissue dissolves well, and testers reported that it was soft.The sheets are on the thin side and aren’t all that strong, particularly when wet.

Three-Ply WhiteCloud Ultra (47 cents per 200-sheet roll*)Absorbent, strong, and fast-dissolving, it’s also a good value, costing 20 percent less than a comparable three-ply. It wasn’t as strong as others when wet, and earned just average softness scores.

Which is your favorite brand? Do you find one to be more economical than the others?

Royal Wedding Week and we ask, “what next?”

Last week there was the mango flavored Kate Middleton Jelly Bean that may have fetched $800.00 at auction.

Then, you can win prizes by entering your kids in a mini Kate and Wills look alike contest.

Now look what Papa John’s has to offer. It is claimed that royal portrait is made from 100 percent fresh dough and quality ingredients, so it tastes as good as it looks. Kate’s veil is made from mushrooms and her dress is made of cheese. William’s suit is fashioned from salami and peppers.

The Real Upper Crust

Don’t plan on ringing up your local Papa John’s for delivery this Upper Crust Royal Pizza. Pappa Johns commissioned a food artist from the UK for its creation. For the opportunity to purchase the one-of-a-kind Papa John’s Royal Wedding Pizza consumers in the U.K. you can email weddingpizza@papajohns.co.uk. However, the pizza delivery area is limited to the U.K.

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See what your little Royals will create as they have tons of fun playing with our pretend pizza.

Totally Kids fun furniture & toys will be closed  Sunday, April 24 to enjoy time with our friends and families.

Where in the world is the Easter Bunny? Now, just like tracking Santa on Christmas Eve, you can track the Easter Bunny. One of the most popular ways to track the Easter Bunny this year will be with iPhone apps.

This Easter Bunny Tracker allows iPhone users to track the bunny using a map, plus…. you can even send emails to the Easter Bunny right from the phone.

Several times each day, you will receive new blogs with beautiful graphics and entertaining audio as the characters present a tale of friendship, pride and forgiveness. An interactive globe and radar map add to the realism as you track the exact whereabouts of the Easter Bunny as he travels thousands of cities the night before Easter. This could be an opportune time for teaching your children about time zones.

While using your iPhone’s location, you will know how long until the Easter Bunny enters a tunnel near you. You will be also able to communicate with the Easter Bunny via text.

Another site promises to track the Easter Bunny on the web, but we are not sure if it will be up-and-running because it’s not working yet and the bunny will be delivering his eggs soon!

Rockhopper has also launched an Easter Bunny tracker for 2011, and you just have to refresh the page keep track.

Forget a pencil and paper, email the Easter Bunny and he’ll email you back!

Technophiles,  “App”y Easter Suzanne Kantra of Techlicious.com recommends the following apps and game:

  • ClickySticky Easter Eggs (99 cents on iTunes): For the kids to decorate eggs, fill baskets, and build Easter bunnies without the mess with this sticker app.
  • 3D Easter Bunny Tracker (99 cents on iTunes): Track the Easter bunny as he hops around the world delivering eggs. Zoom in on any location on the 3-D globe.
  • Easter Recipes & Meals ($1.41 on Android Market): Looking for a new twist on a traditional Easter dish? Find more than 75 recipes for everything from side dishes to lamb to desserts. Chocolate-covered pecan Easter eggs, anyone?

Android Marketplace shoppers can take advantage of the apps and games below, suggests diablolita on Appolicious:

  • Easter Egg Matcher Free: This free app is a nice-looking, easy Easter game that has you match Easter eggs in rows, and once you get three in a row it disappears (a la Bejeweled). Kid-friendly.
  • Easter Day Cards: This app is easy to use and cute. It has 25 templates that you can customize to make Easter cards. Add your own photos and share via email, Facebook, Twitter, etc. Kid-safe.

And finally, Megan Lavey of TUAW recommends these for some holiday fun:

  • Easter Basket Maker: If you’re one who likes to create an Easter basket, this $1.99 app will allow you to make virtual baskets, then save on the expense and calories by letting you email the final result to a loved one.
  • If you like zombies with your Easter games, check out the $0.99 Bunny the Zombie Slayer.

 

 

Try our favorite recipe for roasted  carrots. Remember before you start cooking – leave an extra bunch out for the Easter Bunny……

Roasted Carrots with Shallots & Thyme

Ingredients needed for 4 servings:

  • 2 pounds small- to medium-size carrots
  • 1 cup sliced shallots
  • 2 teaspoons fresh thyme
  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • Coarse salt and ground black pepper

Directions:

Preheat oven to 425° F. Place rack in center of oven.

Peel carrots if desired and trim green top, leaving about 1/2–inch. Cut larger carrots in half lengthwise and place in a rimmed baking sheet. Add shallots and thyme; drizzle with oil and stir to coat. Season with salt and pepper.

Roast for about 30 to 35 minutes or until tender and lightly browned. Season with additional salt and pepper, if desired.

                Totally Kids will be closed Saturday, April 23 & Sunday, April 24 to enjoy time with our friends and families.

                                                                                                                                       

Question? What does the Easter Rabbit get for making a basket?                                        Answer: two points, just like everyone else.

Nothing shouts Easter like a box of brightly colored Peeps bunnies and chicks.

What do you do with your Peeps?

Check out the second annual Washington Post Peeps Diorama Contest.

Warning: It is a Peep Show; parental discretion advised. May include adult content.

There were more than 800 sugar-filled entries. Here are the 37 best creations.

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Karas Party Ideas just pops colorful Peeps on a Stick!

Love From The Oven makes these Rice Krispies Peeps Treats and has a pictorial recipe so you can make them too.

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Take a good thing and make it better. Chocolate dipped Peeps according to the Jack  and Izzy blog: Aren’t these “peep pops” the cutest things ever?!! They’re so simple to make — just put a bunny peep on a candy stick (found at Michael’s) and dip it in melted chocolate.

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What Is Open And What Is Closed On Good Friday & Easter Sunday? Here is a list with answers: Good Friday & Easter Sunday Closing Info.

Do You Have a Mini Kate or Wills?

Can’t get enough Royal watching?

Buckingham Palace formally confirmed that the Queen and Prince Philip had hosted Michael and Carole Middleton at a private lunch at Windsor Castle yesterday. The Queen met Prince William’s future in-laws, the Middletons of Bucklebury, Berkshire for the first time and the Royal Wedding is barely one week away. The Queen, btw, is the official host of the wedding and in whose name the gold-embossed wedding invitations were sent.

It just would not be right to keep this a secret. We have to share this exciting competition from London’s premier toy store, Hamleys and Alex and Alexa, the stylish online designer shop for children.  All you have to do is like their Facebook page and then upload a picture of your Kate and/or William. As regal as you may think you are, don’t be a royal pain and attempt to enter yourself. Children must be under 12 years old to be eligible to win. Prizes include: designer clothes, shoes, a Hamleys gift box and either a Catherine doll or exclusive Royal teddy bear.

To learn more about  The Royal Wedding Competition just click on the link, plus you will find stylish clothes fit for a Prince and Princess.